Bryson Smith graduated in 2016 from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy – a degree he was able to achieve in just three years. He took college courses as a senior in high school and took advantage of summer classes to complete his undergraduate studies in a timeframe that was right for him.
His love of nature and the outdoors prompted his interest in Environmental Science and Policy. A native of Golden Valley in Rutherford County, his family has a farm with over 60 head of cattle that has been passed down through generations. He is close to his family and followed his sister’s advice to attend her alma mater.
Bryson also has a passion for politics and implementing change, and shares that passion with LRU through his work with student government. He is serving his second term as Chief Justice for the Student Government Association (SGA) as well as student representative for the University City Commission.
Bryson also served as Chairman of the LRU College of Republicans and was recently elected Chairman of the North Carolina Federation of College Republicans, for which he previously served as Recruitment Director. He has also learned a lot about the political system from working on the campaigns of regional candidates including U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry and Governor Patrick McCrory.
As far as his own political aspirations for the future: “Who knows?” asks Bryson. “Maybe my name will be on a ballot someday.”
Bryson’s desire to help others is also evident through his volunteer work through the Circle K organization as well as his service as an orientation leader, course assistant for first-year students, and a previous Broyhill Leader.
I enjoy helping others and it has been a great experience to serve the students of LR. I truly do want to give back to my school community and make LRU better for the next class.”